Revelation 22

Thanks, Jesus, for the victory YOU bring!

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“Behold, I am coming Soon!  My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.” (v 12 NIV)

Lord Jesus, Come!  How I long for the Day when I’ll see You face to face, when I’ll be transformed, when this life will be gone and all eternity will be before us together in Your presence!

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End … I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” (v 13, 16 NIV)

You spoke the first word that began Your creation’s existence.  You’ll have the last word in Your creation’s redemption and judgment.  You created Your people, the lineage that You preserved throughout human history and to which You grafted those born of the Spirit, not the flesh.  From that lineage, You were born into a human body that would be the light of this world, so that sin may be exposed, forgiveness might be seen, and the path to You, Father, might be illuminated.

As I await Your return, keep me continually in Your Word, regularly in communion with You, and faithfully in service to You in this world.  Keep on transforming me to be more like Jesus until the Day I am embraced by You in person.  Amen.

Revelation 21

Thanks, Jesus, for the victory YOU bring!

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“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth…and God himself will be with them…” (v 1, 3 NIV)

Long ago, Father, You spoke through prophets to Your people.  Then, You came as Your Son, Jesus, to walk among us.  When He returned to Your side, You gave us Your Holy Spirit to dwell within us.  One day we have the sure promise of being with YOU in person.  (How much longer, Daddy?)

“…’Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.’  And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” (v 9-10 NIV)

John writes a description of this city, symbolizing Your Church, that involves words which convey its nature.

  • Because I am part of Your Church, this description is of what You are making of me. Its brilliance and foundation are described as precious jewels–You consider me precious in Your sight (Isaiah 43:4).
  • Over and over in this book that You led John to write, certain numbers have symbolized perfection. Here there are twelve gates, twelve foundations and its measurements are multiples of twelve. By the blood of Your Son and Your overwhelming grace, You are at work to present me perfect, mature and complete.
  • This city is described as “pure gold” and its street too — You are at work to refine me, to purify me, so that I might be holy and blameless in Your sight.

Keep at it, Lord, as You continue to make me just like Jesus until I’m with You for eternity. Amen.

Revelation 20

Thanks, Jesus, for the victory YOU bring!

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“And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven… He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years … to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended.  After that, he must be set free for a short time…

“When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations… to gather them for battle … “ (v 1-3, 7-8 NIV)

You reveal here, Father, just how incredibly evil the enemy is.  You also reveal Your sovereign power over him, since he is a created being.

“…In number they are like the sand on the seashore.  They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city He loves.  But fire came down from heaven and devoured them.  And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown.  They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (v 8-10 NIV)

The troops of evil gather around Your people and yet, there IS NO BATTLE.  YOU destroy them in one swoop of fire from heaven!  You demonstrate again Your sovereignty, Your omnipotence and Your holiness.

Not only do the spiritual beings who are evil taste Your judgment, but we who are human do as well.  “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (v 15 NIV).  Those who have been faithful to You get to hear You say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your Master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:23 NIV)  However, You don’t reward unfaithfulness or the lives who had no faith in You at all, never accepting Your Son.

“Each person was judged according to what he had done” (Revelation 20:13 NIV).  Based on what You’ve said in the rest of Your Word, this is not saying that we’re saved by what we do.  Yet, a person’s actions are vivid indicators of where a person’s heart has set its devotion and affection and faith.  (See James 4:14, 18, 20-24, 26.)

Thanks, Father, for where my name is.  I’m at Your mercy and dependent on You for the strength to remain faithful to You.  Keep on making me like Jesus and growing my faith in You.  Amen.

Revelation 19

Thanks, Jesus, for the victory YOU bring!

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“Hallelujah!  For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride had made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear. (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)”  (v 6-8 NIV)

“After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.  They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands… These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Rev 1:9, 14 NIV)

Father, what a day it will be to finally be in Your presence for eternity!  Until that Day You are preparing Your Bride, Your Church–that includes me!  You are at work in my life to prepare me for “the wedding of the Lamb.”

You began with giving me “fine linen” or a “white robe” that’s been made “white in the blood of the Lamb” when I accepted Your Son as my Lord and Savior.  It is YOUR righteous act in my life that make me Yours and ready.  As Paul wrote to Titus: “…when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewed by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:4-7 NIV)

Thank You, Father, that EVERYTHING You do in me here in this life to make me more like Jesus is preparing me for a transformed body and eternity with Your in heaven.  Amen.

Revelation 18

Thanks, Jesus, for the victory YOU bring!

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“Rejoice over her, O heaven! Rejoice, saints and apostles and prophets! God has judged her for the way she treated you.” (v 20 NIV)

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil… Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath for it is written: ‘It is Mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” (Romans 12:17, 19 NIV)

“I love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.” (Psalms 18:1-3 NIV)

In the face of trouble, I am not alone.  Lord, YOU are my Defender and Deliverer.  You are the only one completely capable of protecting me from the blows of the enemy.  You are the only one who can rescue me from the midst of any battle that rages … and You have promised to do so.  Because I have come to know You, surely I can place my confidence in YOUR abilities, not leaning on my own, not seeking those of another human being, not doubting You when You seem silent or action-less.  Gird up my faith, Father, as You continue to make me just like Jesus.  Amen.

Revelation 17

Thanks, Jesus, for the victory YOU bring!

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“They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings — and with Him will be His CALLED, CHOSEN and FAITHFUL followers.” (v 14 NIV)

You, Lord, have called me out of darkness and into Your kingdom of light (Colossians 1:13-14).  You have chosen me to be Yours, Your heir, and to be holy in Your sight (Ephesians 1:4, 11).  You strengthen me to be faithful, the one trait of these three that depends on me, my choices and my attitude and actions (Matthew 25:21; Romans 12:12; 1 Corinthians 4:2)

No matter what challenges come, no matter what battle is waged against me, Father, keep me faithful, sustain my joy, and help me to patiently endure as You use all things in my life to make me just like Jesus.  Amen.

Revelation 16

Thanks, Jesus, for the victory YOU bring!

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{{PLAGUE happens}} —->  RESPONSE of people>> “…but they refused to repent and glorify Him.” (v 9 NIV)

{{PLAGUE happens}} —->  RESPONSE of people>>  “…but they refused to repent of what they had done.” (v 11 NIV)

Plague after plague demonstrated the intensity of Your wrath of judgment, Lord, and yet many refuse to change their ways and follow Your ways.

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.  See what this godly sorrow has produced in you:  what EARNESTNESS, what EAGERNESS TO CLEAR YOURSELVES, what INDIGNATION, what ALARM, what LONGING, what CONCERN, what READINESS TO SEE JUSTICE DONE…” (2 Corinthians 7:10-11 NIV)

Father, when my ways are not in line with Your ways, call me to change, to do the turnaround for which repentance calls.  Produce in me the traits above.  Make me just like Jesus with each passing day.  Amen.